Water & wastewater treatment plant & system operators

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Total Workforce

89.9k

Average Age

44.6

Average Salary

$51,199

Average Male Salary

$51,381

Average Female Salary

$48,140

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Water & wastewater treatment plant & system operators are most often employed by the Water, steam, air-conditioning, & irrigation systems industry. The average yearly wage for Water & wastewater treatment plant & system operators was $51,199 in 2016. The top 3 most similar occupations to Water & wastewater treatment plant & system operators by wage are Loan interviewers & clerks, Avionics technicians, and Construction equipment operators.

The top 3 locations that employ the most Water & wastewater treatment plant & system operators are Jacksonville City PUMA, NC, Weakley, Henry, Carroll, Humphreys, Benton & Houston Counties PUMA, TN, and Chatham County (West Central)Savannah City PUMA, GA. The top 3 locations with a relatively high concentration of Water & wastewater treatment plant & system operators are Weakley, Henry, Carroll, Humphreys, Benton & Houston Counties PUMA, TN, Jacksonville City PUMA, NC, and Chatham County (West Central)Savannah City PUMA, GA.

Employment

Information on the businesses and industries that employ Water & wastewater treatment plant & system operators and on wages and locations for those in the field. Water, steam, air-conditioning, & irrigation systems is the industry that employs the most Water & wastewater treatment plant & system operators, both by share and by number, though the highest paid industry for Water & wastewater treatment plant & system operators, by average wage, is National security & international affairs. Water & wastewater treatment plant & system operators are paid most in Skagit, Island & San Juan Counties PUMA, WA but are relatively concentrated in Weakley, Henry, Carroll, Humphreys, Benton & Houston Counties PUMA, TN.

Wages

Yearly Wage

$51,199

AVERAGE SALARY

± $2,028

In 2018, Water & wastewater treatment plant & system operators earned an average of $51,199, $2,689 less than than the average national salary of $53,888.

Loan interviewers & clerks make somewhat more than Water & wastewater treatment plant & system operators while Avionics technicians make somewhat less. This chart shows the various occupations closest to Water & wastewater treatment plant & system operators as measured by average annual salary in the US.

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Wage Distribution

0.252

WAGE GINI

In 2018, Water & wastewater treatment plant & system operators had a wage GINI coefficient of 0.252, which is lower than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly for Water & wastewater treatment plant & system operators (shown in red) than for the overall labor force (shown in gray).

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Wage by Location

This map shows the Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States shaded by average annual wage for Water & wastewater treatment plant & system operators.

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Spatial Concentration

This map displays which Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States have a relatively high population of Water & wastewater treatment plant & system operators.

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Industries

Most Common

The most common industries employing Water & wastewater treatment plant & system operators, by number of employees, are Water, steam, air-conditioning, & irrigation systems, Sewage treatment facilities, and Executive offices & legislative bodies.

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Industries by Share

89.9k

2018 Workforce

± 7,359

-1.77%

1 YEAR GROWTH

± 11.7%

The number of people employed as Water & wastewater treatment plant & system operators has been declining at a rate of -1.77%, from 91,518 people in 2017 to 89,898 people in 2018.

This graphic shows the share of Water & wastewater treatment plant & system operators employed by various industries. Water, steam, air-conditioning, & irrigation systems employs the largest share of Water & wastewater treatment plant & system operators at  48.3%, followed by Sewage treatment facilities with 30.7% and Executive offices & legislative bodies with 2.58%.

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Diversity

Demographic information on Water & wastewater treatment plant & system operators in the US. The average age of male Water & wastewater treatment plant & system operators in the workforce is 44.7 and of female Water & wastewater treatment plant & system operators is 42.9, and the most common race/ethnicity for Water & wastewater treatment plant & system operators is White.

Gender Composition

84.9k

MALE WORKFORCE

± 7,150

5.03k

FEMALE WORKFORCE

± 1,740

94.4% of Water & wastewater treatment plant & system operators are Male, making them the more common gender in the occupation. This chart shows the gender breakdown of Water & wastewater treatment plant & system operators.

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Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity of Water & wastewater treatment plant & system operators

  1. White

  2. Black

  3. Other

86.3% of Water & wastewater treatment plant & system operators are White, making that the most common race or ethnicity in the occupation. Representing 7.65% of Water & wastewater treatment plant & system operators, Black is the second most common race or ethnicity in this occupation. This chart shows the racial and ethnic breakdown of Water & wastewater treatment plant & system operators.

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Age by Gender

44.7

AVERAGE MALE AGE

± 1.1

42.9

AVERAGE FEMALE AGE

± 4.17

The median age of Water & wastewater treatment plant & system operators is 44.6, and Male employees are generally 1.76 years older than than their Female counterparts.

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Education

Data on higher education choices for Water & wastewater treatment plant & system operators from The Department of Education and Census Bureau. The most common major for Water & wastewater treatment plant & system operators is Engineering but a relatively high number of Water & wastewater treatment plant & system operators hold a major in Natural Resources & Conservation.

Majors

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Skills

Data on the critical and distinctive skills necessary for Water & wastewater treatment plant & system operators from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Water & wastewater treatment plant & system operators need many skills, but most especially Operation Monitoring, Monitoring, and Operation and Control. The revealed comparative advantage (RCA) shows that Water & wastewater treatment plant & system operators need more than the average amount of Repairing, Equipment Maintenance, and Equipment Selection.

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